Local author Betty Viamontes named to Hillsborough Community College District Board of Trustees

Governor Rick Scott announced the appointment of Betty Viamontes to the Hillsborough Community College (HCC) District Board of Trustees on Friday, December 18, 2015. The board among other things, is responsible for ensuring institutional effectiveness, protecting the mission of student learning and the long-term interests of the college. Viamontes succeeds MarDee Buchman for a term ending May 31, 2019. To learn more, visit: www.hccfl.edu/gwsc/board.aspx.

Founded in 1968 as part of a 28-member community college system, HCC is currently the seventh largest community college in the State of Florida, serving more than 46,000 students each year at its five campuses and three centers. HCC has an annual budget of over $220 million and employs more than 2500.  Over 75 percent of HCC graduates stay in the local community, and, together, HCC and its former students contribute more than $1.1 billion in added income and economic impact to Hillsborough County.

Viamontes is corporate controller of Tampa General Hospital and vice chair of the Florida Institute of CPAs. She is also the author of “Waiting on Zapote Street: Love and Loss in Castro’s Cuba,” a novel based on a true story set in 1961 at the height of the Cuban Revolution. Viamontes has published several short stories and is working on a second book. She received her MBA in Business Administration from the University of South Florida.